Monday, October 28, 2013

An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling (Book Review)

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book:

Twenty-year-old Ingeborg Strand is certain she is destined to be an old maid. It's not that she's lacked suitors, but now she no longer can have the one she loved.

With the future looking bleak,  her mother suggests that she leave Norway and start fresh in America, as so many others have done before her. But how will she accomplish that with little money and no one to accompany her?

Roald Bjorkland is  a widower who has been planning to go to America, lured by the promise of free land. He's a good man, a hard-working man-with a young son  who desperately needs a mother. Ingebor can tell Roald is interested in her, but what about love? This isn't how she's always imagined it.

Ingeborg Strand has a heartrending decision to make...

My thoughts:

I hadn't read any of the Red River of the North series that An Untamed Heart is a prequel to, but the plot sounded interesting so I thought I would give it a try. I thought that the back cover plot synopsis sounded intriguing which is why I picked up this book in the first place, but as I got into the book, I forgot what was to happen (Ingeborg losing her true love) and I got very attached to a character that we had to say goodbye to. Nils was a mess at the beginning of the book, but through the fate of meeting Ingeborg he grew as a person and I grew to love him quite a bit. A good portion of the book is about Ingeborg and Nils, which probably wouldn't be difficult for someone who has perhaps read some of the books in the Red River of the North series, but for me it was. Roald doesn't really come into the picture until the very end of the book, but that does make me want to read the series to see what becomes of him and of Ingeborg. I was excited to see that the first book in the series An Untamed Land is currently free on so I downloaded it to continue following Ingeborg's story. I think many people can relate to having loved and lost and Ingeborg is a great character, someone you grow attached to quite easily which makes wanting to read other books in the series very desirable. Overall, I really liked this book. I enjoyed learning about Ingeborg's life in Norway and I look forward to following her adventures and life in America. I would recommend An Untamed Heart to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

About the author:

Lauraine Snellings has published over 70 books. Her Norwegian heritage lead her to pen An Untamed Land. She and her husband Wayne have 2 grown sons and a Basset Hound named Winston.

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